BUSINESS INSIDER - May 1 - When Google Plus launched during the summer of 2011, tens of millions of people signed up for an account. But within months, critics had panned the new service. They said the new social site just wasn't social and that Google was too late to the party. But according to data released this week by Internet analytics firm GlobalWebIndex, Google Plus is racking up large numbers of new users and continues to outpace Twitter as the world's number two social network, behind perennial titan Facebook. It now boasts 359M active users, up 33% from 269M users at the end of June 2012. Facebook boasts 701M active users.